The Daily Paul has been archived. Please see the continuation of the Daily Paul at Popular

Thank you for a great ride, and for 8 years of support!
9 votes

Unintended consequences: US ethanol revolution causes 'ecological disaster'

A new investigation has revealed that the United States' ethanol mandate is severely harming the environment without producing enough tangible benefits.

Since the Obama administration began implementing the ethanol mandate - requiring a certain level of the biofuel to be added to the gasoline supply - the Associated Press found that the damage done by the program has dwarfed any suspected benefits, many of which failed to materialize in the first place.

Since President Obama took office, roughly five million acres of land set aside for conservation have been lost in the drive to harvest more corn for ethanol, the investigation found. Farmers have plowed into land previously unused for farming, releasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the air that would take native plants decades to reduce naturally.

read more

Trending on the Web

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

Not only in the enviroment

but in your own car:

A good way to defend your freedoms:

Ethanol is a terrible idea

Not only does it underperform regular gasoline, and is it hard on engines that are not designed for it. But using a food product staple, corn, to produce fuel, is a terrible idea. It drives up the cost of all food that uses corn. That disadvantages the poor most of all. In a free market, who would ever decide they want to run their gas engine on corn alcohol? And who would ever decide that instead of growing food we should use food to create fuel for cars? Of course, this allows lobbyists to influence politicians, and that today seems much more powerful than free market concepts when it comes to decision making.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

This is great material

for someone trying to convince their local government to consider Industrial Hemp as a viable source of fuel (not to mention the 15-20k other products the plant makes).

"Victory for Hemp!"

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

As I understand all this...

The biofuel/ethanol lobby is lining the pockets of those on the Hill. They in-turn vote to fund the project. They pay HUGE subsidies to build ethanol plants, and HUGE subsidies to the farmers who grow certain varieties of corn to make the ethanol, funded through the Farm Bill. The natural gas lobby is probably in on it too, as NG is used in the factories to distill the ethanol. Each gallon of ethanol requires more energy to produce than it gives, negative entropy. Each gallon of gasoline containing ethanol yields fewer mpgs in the vehicle, meaning you and I have to purchase more fuel at a higher price...again, negative entropy. All this, plus the bad environmental impacts noted in the article sighted in the OP, and we have the privilege of funding it all, too! This governmental intervention in the energy market is almost as good as our educational system!

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

Re ethanol it's hard to parse out the truth

Industry Rebuttal to AP article (Renewable Fuels Association)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

my first thought

is that of course the industry is for it. It drives up the demand and price for the thing they produce.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Corn Lobby, Sugar Lobby, Farm

Corn Lobby, Sugar Lobby, Farm Lobby, Pork Lobby.
Why do these things exist?

Southern Agrarian

Growing crops for ethanol hurts the water table

and destroys engines.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there are good applications for cellulosic ethanol. But it has to be as a byproduct, not as and end unto itself.

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.